District Announcements

  • December 8 Calendar Correction

    Please note that December 8 is a regular school day. An error in the district calendar indicates that it is a Superintendent's Conference Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Season of Light - NRHS Planetarium

    Annual Holiday Show 

    December 17, 19 & 21

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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  • Spend an Evening Under the Stars

    Please join us to find out when and where to look for the star Betelgeuse!

    November 30, 2016

    Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    For further information: bzeller@nredlearn.org or mheywood@nredlearn.org

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  • Black History Month -- Call for Artists

    Please see attached flier inviting staff, PTA member and student artists to participate.

    Submission Dates:
    Art Work, February 7, 2017
    Performance Proposals, January 15, 2017
    Inquiries and work can be submitted to Shelli Owens; SOwens@nredlearn.org (576-4401)

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Strategic Roadmap Presentation

    Presented to Board of Education - October 5, 2016

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  • Seeking Public Input on the District’s Strategic Roadmap

    The Board of Education is developing an action plan that will guide the implementation of the District’s Strategic Roadmap. We seek your input on the draft plan, provided below in both English and Spanish.

    One avenue for input is to email your comments to strategicroadmap@newrochelle.k12.ny.us. All comments received by September 30th will be reviewed by each Board member before the October 5th Board of Education meeting.

    Prior to that meeting, there will a presentation detailing the plan’s strategic objectives. Following the presentation, a public input session will be held to provide stakeholders with an additional way to make suggestions.

    We encourage you to be a part of this collaborative process by emailing your comments or taking part in the public input session.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Health & Safety

    Please click here for Health & Safety information, which includes the Lead in Schools water reports.

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School Announcements

Message from the Principal

August 2016

 Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 I am excited to welcome everyone back to a new school year.  This year, at Jefferson Elementary School, we will begin to phase in some new language programs.  All students in grades K-2 will have the opportunity to acquire Spanish skills and/or enrich their current Spanish language skills as a result of our new Spanish FLES program.  To support students who enter Jefferson speaking predominantly Spanish, we will offer bilingual programs.  We will continue to offer Italian as a FLES program for students in grades 3-5.   All of these programs support the district’s mission to develop world languages.

 All students in kindergarten - 2nd grade will have the opportunity to take Spanish enrichment classes as part of their CAMPEL (computers, art, music, physical education and language) schedule.  Kindergarteners – 2nd graders will still visit the library with their homeroom teachers to select books to borrow.  Every year, we hope to build our Spanish FLES program and eventually offer Spanish to all students in grades K- 5.

 Students who are Spanish Dominant (stronger in Spanish than English) have the opportunity to enter our Spanish bilingual program in grades kindergarten- Second.  The program will teach children English literacy skills while maintaining their first language, Spanish.  We will also be offering Spanish for 2nd graders after school. Participation will be based upon space and recommendations.

 We will continue to have a Spanish CILA program for students who are entering grades 3-5.  After school Spanish classes will continue to be offered to CILA students in grades 3-5.  This year, each grade level will have the opportunity to attend 2 after school sessions per week.  Non CILA students in the upper grades may participate in the program.  However, invitations will be based upon space and recommendations.

 If you are interested in after school Spanish, please email Ms. Stevenson @ gstevenson@nredlearn.org

 Jefferson will continue to offer an Italian language program for students in grades 3-5.  Currently the program is only for students who are on or above grade level in literacy and mathematics.  During the school day, Italian is taught during our intervention/enrichment period.  Italian will continued to be offered after school as well. Students who are not participating in Italian during the school day are invited to attend an enrichment Italian class after school.  If you are interested in Italian during the day or after school, please email Ms. Posnick @ rposnick@nredlearn.org

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

 Thank you,

Kimmerly Nieves

Principal

Spanish Version of the Letter Spanish 2016 Fall Letter.pdf 

Calendar of Events

  • Holiday Shop

    Jefferson Elementary School
  • Campus

    Board of Education Regular Meeting

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  • Schools in Session

    NOT a Superintendent's Conference Day Misprint in printed school calendar
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  • LEK*NRHS

    PAVE 1 Dance Concert

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Evening Parent /Teacher Conferences

    Jefferson Elementary School
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Our Mission

"Together, we will accept the diversity of all children, taking them forward on their educational journeys to reach their fullest potential, and encouraging their curiosity so they become successful lifelong learners.

Together, we will foster partnerships with the goal of encouraging student achievement by building on students' strengths and supporting their social and emotional development.

Together, we will continue to promote and enhance the educational development of every member (staff, students and parents) of the Jefferson Community."

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